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MSNBC
Nov 2, 2012 2:00am PDT
hit including bruce springsteen and billy joel. it will begin at 8:00/7:00 central central. it's commercial free. to find out how you can help the victims of hurricane sandy, head to our website, nbcnews.com. >>> now for a look at your national weather, let's check in with nbc meteorologist bill karins. >> there's an election day impact and an impact when it goes up the coast. again, this is not a big, huge storm. if it wasn't for the last storm we dealt with, this would be your average, typical rain event coming up the east coast. because of the effects on election day turnout and possible coastal erosion, it's a little more interesting. as far as this forecast for election day, most of the country is rain free and clear. a little weak system in northern minnesota, wisconsin. shouldn't cause any issues. this system that's going to be dipping down into the gulf will be developing tuesday and spreading rainfall into the areas of georgia, south carolina, and areas of north carolina. maybe virginia very, very late in the day as the polls are closing. really, it's just rain. it's goi
MSNBC
Nov 2, 2012 11:00pm PDT
of hurricane sandy featuring the great bruce springsteen and jon bon jovi. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. back to "hardball." >>> welcome back to "hardball." the fight for the u.s. senate can be as significant as the fight for president. right now looks advantage democrats. the latest analysis is it appears more likely than not democrats will hold the majority, perhaps by only the slimmest of margins. there you have it. and the catch up is the massachusetts senate race between republican scott brown and democratic challenger elizabeth warren, and right now the clear politics poll average has warren up by 4.5. politico is up there in boston covering the race. dave, thanks for joining us from politico. >> absolutely. >> let me ask you about that race. it seems like something happened a couple weeks ago. was it the mayor's endorsement and putting all the troops? but that's only 8% of the electorate. what got her on top of the race? >> i think it's women voters that were in brown's camp, still sort of flirting with him this summer in polls, moving towards warren, and
MSNBC
Nov 3, 2012 12:00am PDT
natives bruce springsteen, bon jovi, long island's billy joel, and staten island-born christina aguilera. coming together to benefit the american red cross and the relief efforts for victims of the storm. nothing controversial about that whatsoever, correct? >> why the timing? why is that today? half the state of new jersey doesn't have power and can't even watch the concert. >> sure. >> is this more political? is this more let's get this thing on tv before the election to make president obama look presidential or is it more to help out victims? >> it does look like they are trying to squeeze things in. you have bon jovi and bruce springsteen, both supported the president of the united states, barack obama, and, in fact, mr. springsteen, i believe, has been traveling with the president of the united states. where are the conservative performers? there aren't on the list i saw. >> this just seems like a rush job because the election is -- it is going to be three days after. >> is it a hurricane benefit or a concert for obama? >> i don't know. >> where are the conservative perform
MSNBC
Nov 2, 2012 6:00pm PDT
noise." >>> some things do not change. bruce springsteen will always be awesome at benefit concerts. david axelrod will probably always have a mustache. and voting in florida will always be a mess. apparently. this year it's already to a degree. that's just ahead. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ girl ] hey! [ both laugh ] ♪ >>> since there's five minutes between now and election day on tuesday, and since we're already not sleeping, we figured why not. let's do a brand new live show on sunday night. join us for a special preelection "the rachel maddow show" at 9:00 p.m. eastern here on msnbc. sunday night. we'll reinvent weekends for next year. too much going on for that now. sunday night, we'll be here live. thank you. a crash management system and the world's only tridion safety cell which can withstand over three and a half tons. small in size. big on safety. tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 at schwab, we're committed to offering you tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 low-cost investment options-- tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 like our exchange traded funds, or etfs tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 which now have the lowest tdd#: 1-80
MSNBC
Nov 2, 2012 4:00pm PDT
hurricane sandy featuring the great bruce springsteen and jon bon jovi. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. with 160 more miles per tank, the distances aren't getting shorter. ♪ the trucks are going farther. the new 2013 ram 1500. ♪ with the best-in-class fuel economy. engineered to move heaven and earth. ♪ guts. glory. ram. governor of getting it done. you know how to dance... with a deadline. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle... and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the mid-size price. this is awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is, business pro. yes, it is. go national. go like a pro. >>> it was a welcome sight for many who have been waiting for lock lines at gas stayings. tanker trucks began arriving in new york earlier. casinos are getting back to business. the city was under a mandatory evacuation order due to sandy. delta airline and horizon says that they will be losing money. back to "hardball." >>> welcome back to "hardball." the fight for the u.s. senate can be as significant
MSNBC
Nov 2, 2012 2:30am PDT
includes performances by bruce springsteen, jon bon jovi, and christina aguilera. money donated will be given to the red cross. that's tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern on the networks of nbc universal. much more on the storm in a few minutes. >>> we turn briefly to the final days of the presidential campaign where president obama is focused on iowa, making stops there every day between now and the election on tuesday. his schedule tells you everything you need to know about where his campaign is looking. he'll be in virginia, florida, new hampshire, iowa, colorado, and wisconsin over the next 96 hours. mitt romney will be in many of those same states over the next four days, although he's hitting pennsylvania and bypassing florida. president obama back on the trail yesterday after a three-daybreak to oversee the storm recovery. he rallied a crowd of about 10,000 people in colorado making a not-so-subtle jab at his opponent's tendency to change his mind. >> after four years as president, you know me by now. you know me. you may not agree with every decision i make. you may be frustrated at t
MSNBC
Nov 2, 2012 2:00pm PDT
benefit telethon to aid victims of hurricane sandy. featuring the great bruce springsteen and jon bon jovi. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. with her closing arguments with her closing arguments >>> i'm julia boorstin with your cnbc market wrap. stocks slide despite upbeat economic data. the dow sirngs 139 points, the s&p drops 13, and the nasdaq falls by 38 points. as you heard, 171,000 jobs were created last month. that was more than economists expected, but the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9%. factory orders jumped nearly 5% in september. the biggest increase since march of 2011. and starbucks was a big gainer rising 9% following an upbeat profit forecast. that's it from cnbc, first in business worldwide. now back to "hardball." ♪ >>> welcome back to "hardball." the fight for the u.s. senate can be as significant as the fight for president. right now looks advantage democrats. the latest analysis is it appears more likely than not democrats will holded majority, perhaps by only the slimmest of margins. there you have it. and the catch up is the massachusett
MSNBC
Nov 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
telethon. scheduled performances include billy joel, sting, and, of course, none other than bruce springsteen. and if you want to lend a hand to people who are suffering from the storm, go to nbcnews.com and click on how you can help and we hope you do. we'll be right back. hungry for the best? it's eb. want to give your family the very best in taste, freshness, and nutrition? it's eb. want to give them more vitamins, omega 3s, and less saturated fat? it's eb. eggland's best eggs. eb's. the only eggs that make better taste and better nutrition... easy. eggland's best eggs. better taste. better nutrition. better eggs. it's eb. [ mom ] we already have a tv. would you like to know more about it? yeah, but let me put my wife on speaker. hi! hi. it's led and it has great picture quality. i don't know... it's ultra slim... maybe next year. you could always put it on layaway and pay a little at a time. alright. we'll take it! ah! i love you! hmm! ahem. football. [ male announcer ] shop now. get the hottest brands on your list today... like the lg 55 inch led tv. and put it on layaway now
MSNBC
Nov 3, 2012 8:00pm PDT
evening and now bruce springsteen is going to be in madison on monday. is the campaign worried or are they just making sure? >> i don't think they're worried, the mar ket law school poll has him up by 8 points in wisconsin. i think it's a nice way to close your campaign having tens and thousands of people cheering for the president these days. i think that's why he's here for those great video clips. >> senator, why hasn't paul ryan delivered wisconsin in the polls? the polling has never been favorable for the romney camp and i think we can come to the conclusion just 50 hours away from election day that paul ryan doesn't seem to have had a big impact, if any, on the state of wisconsin. what do you make of that? >> i recall when he first is chose paul ryan. the question was how did we feel about it. one of the things i said we were excited, those of us in wisconsin, for one reason or another. from the democrat's perspective because we knew that paul ryan really does not connect with the values of wisconsin. and him willing to some say put grandmother over on the cliff with a voucher s
MSNBC
Nov 1, 2012 11:00pm PDT
christie's wish comes true. it's no secret he's a fan of bruce springsteen. over the years springsteen has not returned the love until last night. he reached out to the victims of hurricane sandy and then some. listen to this. we're a band that can't separate from the jersey shore. we'll send this out to all the people working down there, the police officers, the firemen, and also to the governor who has done such a hard job this past week. well, there you have it. the romance, the bromance, isn't as one-sided anymore. >>> also, what part of the presidential election got this 4-year-old colorado resident all choked up? spoiler alert here. all of it. abigail, that's her name, was riding along with her mom to buy groceries with npr playing on the radio. here is her answer for why the tears are flowing. >> because of barack obama and mitt romney. >> that's why you're crying? it will be over soon, abby. the election will be over soon, okay? >> okay. >> oh. >> well, anyway, npr caught wind of her breakdown of mitt romney and barack obama and issued a statement reassuring her she only had to
MSNBC
Nov 2, 2012 3:00am PDT
need help through the bruce springsteen bon jovi, the biggest stars to come out of new jersey and new york, all of the money is going to the american red cross. matt lauer hosts. brian williams will be there, jimmy fallon, i think sting. it is going to be a big collection. christina aguilera as well. 8:00 tonight on nbc. >> wonderful. let's go to the presidential elections now. just four days to go. president obama is focusing on, where else, where do you think he went? ohio. he's making stops there every day between now and tuesday. he'll also be in virginia, florida, new hampshire, iowa, colorado, and wisconsin over the next 96 hours. mitt romney will be in many of those same states over the next four days although he is hitting pennsylvania and skipping florida. president obama was back on the trail yesterday after a three-day break to oversee the storm recovery rallying to a crowd of 10,000 in colorado. the president made what some are saying was a stab at his opponent's tendency to change his mind. >> after four years as president, you know me by now. you know me. you may not agr
MSNBC
Nov 2, 2012 9:00pm PDT
callinged "the signal and the noise." >>> some things do not change. bruce springsteen will always be awesome at benefit concerts. david axelrod will probably always have a mustache. and voting in florida will always be a mess. apparently. this year it's already to a degree. that's just ahead. new prilosec otc wildberry is the same frequent heartburn treatment as prilosec otc. now with a fancy coating that gives you a burst of wildberry flavor. now why make a flavored heartburn pill? because this is america. and we don't just make things you want, we make things you didn't even know you wanted. like a spoon fork. spray cheese. and jeans made out of sweatpants. so grab yourself some new prilosec otc wildberry. [ male announcer ] one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn. satisfaction guaranteed or your money back. wears off. [ female announcer ] stop searching and start repairing. eucerin professional repair moisturizes while actually repairing very dry skin. the end of trial and error has arrived. try a free sample at eucerinus.com. [ male announcer ] marie callender's puts ever
MSNBC
Nov 3, 2012 3:00am PDT
." all right, some things do not change. bruce springsteen will always be awesome at benefit concerts. david axelrod will probably always have a giant cop mustache that looks like a push broom. and voting in florida will always be a mess. apparently. this year it is already to a degree you will not believe. that is just ahead. >>> since there's five minutes between now and election day on tuesday, as best i can tell, and since we're already not sleeping, we figured why not. let's do a brand-new live show on sunday night. join us for a special live sunday night pre-election rachel maddow show at our regular time, 9:00 p.m. eastern, here on msnbc. sunday night. we'll reinvent weekends for next year. too much going on for that now. sunday night, we'll be here live. put it in your different. mind? ♪ announcing the all-new 2013 malibu from chevrolet. ♪ with a remarkable new interior featuring the available chevrolet mylink infotainment system. this is where sophisticated styling begins. and where it ends? that's up to you. it's here -- the greatest malibu ever. ♪ i would not say i'm
MSNBC
Nov 2, 2012 10:00am PDT
performances including bruce springsteen and bon jovi and billy joel and many others. money will all be donated to the red cross and starts at 8:00 eastern on the networks of nbc including msnbc. [ fishing rod casting line, marching band playing ] [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it... in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ male announcer ] sounds good. it's amazing what soup can do. >>> with new york city mayor michael bloomberg under fire for green lighting the marathon, is his endorsement going to help or hurt the president? will it make any difference at all? joining me is former pennsylvania governor and msnbc political analyst ed rendell and romney campaign economic adviser vin weber. ed rendell, you've been a leader in times of crisis as a governor. what about the way mike bloomberg and the president and the other leaders, chris christie have handled this emergency? >> generally it's been terrific across the board. the mayor, the governor, the presiden
MSNBC
Nov 1, 2012 1:00pm PDT
"today" show will be hosting performances by bruce springsteen, bon jovi, sting, billy joel, and christina aguilera. there will be special appearances by a number of stars including the great jimmy fallon so be sure to tune in tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. here on msnbc. we'll be right back. but i still have a runny nose. [ male announcer ] dayquil doesn't treat that. huh? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus rushes relief to all your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ sighs ] thank you! [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth! and his new boss told him two things -- cook what you love, and save your money. joe doesn't know it yet, but he'll work his way up from busser to waiter to chef before opening a restaurant specializing in fish and game from the great northwest. he'll start investing early, he'll find some good people to help guide him, and he'll set money aside from his first day of work to his last, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrade. >>> from bipartisan leadership at work to the late night comics back at
MSNBC
Oct 30, 2012 1:00am PDT
. anybody who is a bruce springsteen fan knows about it. ed johnson is the mayor there. how are things looking at 4:46 a.m.? >> we have some severe damage here in asbury park. i'm in the middle of touring the city with a police officer and we have large trees down. there's power out around the city. power lines down. there's been severe damage to our boardwalk and oceanfront area. it's really a devastating scene. >> give us a sense of what you're seeing. can you give us some descriptions? >> well, i'm actually sitting here on third avenue right now. there is a huge tree across the street which is blocking the entire -- our entire way. there are several of our largest trees around the city that have come down. there are lines down. there are light poles that have snapped into two and bent. it is really something i have never seen before. >> we've been talking all through the night and into the early morning hours with mayors and members of congress and all of them, of course, preparing for the worst and that's what most of them got. as bad or worse than their worst expectations. is this
MSNBC
Nov 3, 2012 1:00am PDT
the noise." >>> some things do not change. bruce springsteen will always be awesome at benefit concerts. david axelrod will probably always have a mustache. and voting in florida will always be a mess. apparently. this year it's already to a degree. that's just ahead. >>> since there's five minutes between now and election day on tuesday, and since we're already not sleeping, we figured why not. let's do a brand new live show on sunday night. join us for a special preelection "the rachel maddow show" at 9:00 p.m. eastern here on msnbc. sunday night. we'll reinvent weekends for next year. too much going on for that now. sunday night, we'll be here live. thank you. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] it started long ago. the joy of giving something everything you've got. it takes passion. and it's not letting up anytime soon. if you're eligible for medicare, you might know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call now and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardiz
MSNBC
Nov 2, 2012 9:00am PDT
campaign by calling on two of his most bold-faced surrogates, jay-z and bruce springsteen. they will perform in ohio on monday. but if team o has the boss to close the deal romney land has meat loaf and ricky skaggs. >> i want to thank ricky skrags -- skrugs rather -- skrags, can't get it right -- for entertaining. >> ricky skaggs. batting for the president, sober minded political figures including colin powell and michael bloomberg and for romney, sober minded political figures including the donald. that said both candidates have tinseltown on their side. for obama, eva longoria, george clooney, sarah jessica parker. and for mitt romney, clint eastwood and mr. burns. >> mitt strapped his mutt to the roof of the car for a 350 mile jaunt. we will explain why mitt is once again [ inaudible ]. what's that? you like being tied to the roof of the car? because it allowed you to see more of the great land of ours and its wonderful natural resources ripe for drilling and mining and exploiting? >> the lineup may be set, but which team will more americans choose. joining us from washington, is
MSNBC
Nov 2, 2012 1:00pm PDT
lauer of the "today" show will be hosting performances by bruce springsteen, bon jovi, sting, billy joel, christina aguilera, and more. that's all at 8:00 p.m. this evening. >>> next, more on today's jobs numbers, but, first, why one whalen smithers thinks mr. romney is doomed. >> $10,000 bet, i like to fire people, forcible haircut, the tax returns that wesley snipes would call suspicious? ♪ ooh baby, looks like you need a little help there ♪ ♪ ooh baby, can i do for you today? ♪ [ female announcer ] need help keeping your digestive balance? align can help. only align has bifantis, a patented probiotic that naturally helps maintain your digestive balance. try align to help retain a balanced digestive system. try the #1 gastroenterologist recommended probiotic. align. i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i looked at my options. then i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is
MSNBC
Nov 2, 2012 8:00am PDT
. bruce springsteen will be there as well. actress eva longoria joined the president in las vegas yesterday and stevie wonder teamed up with the first lady. one of the president's supporters in colorado was not happy when someone stole his obama lawn sign. he put this up inside. see this. a romney fan stole my obama sign. do it again and you will make my day and tv news. that is it. former president john kennedy is urging voters to cast their ballots on november 6, 1962, taped this ad from the white house a few days before those midterm elections. >> there is one way you can indicate your devotion to freedom, there is one way in which we can show how strongly we believe in our democracy. next tuesday, november 6th is election day. i hope every american will turn out and vote. >> lining up tuesdnovember 6th election day. thanks so much. have a great weekend, everybody. until then follow me on twitter @thomas a roberts. "now" with alex wagner comes your way next. jenna shared her recipe with sharon, who emailed it to emily, who sent it to cindy, who wondered why her soup wasn't quit
MSNBC
Nov 1, 2012 8:00pm PDT
lauer and headlined by new jersey natives bruce springsteen
MSNBC
Nov 1, 2012 4:00pm PDT
>> get out and vote. get out and vote. >> thanks for your time tonight. and thanks to all of you for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> under the boardwalk. hurricane obama buries romney. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start with this. the hurricane and this president. hemingway called it grace under pressure, the highly educated call it good government. the american people who count the most call president obama's handling of tropical storm sandy positive. 4 out of 5 give him good marks as first responder in the crisis. the question before the election is whether this huge story about disaster and executive response is the last big one before we vote. is it the october surprise? the black swan that swoops out of nowhere and changes everything? as scarlet o'hara said, there's always tomorrow. chuck todd is nbc's political director and john heilemann is "new york magazine's" national affairs editor and an msnbc analyst. i guess that's my question to start, but let me give you this first. the president this afternoon bagged a big endorsement, new york mayor mike bloomberg, who is always interesting to watch. he cited the president's stance on climate change as the major reason. he writes, quote, one believes a woman's right to choose should be protected for future generations. one does not. that difference, given the likelihood of supreme court vacancies, weighs heavily on my decision. one recognizes marriage equality as consistent with america's march of freedom. one does not. i want our president to be on the right side of history. one sees climate change as an urgent problem. one does not. i want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics. well said by a savvy mayor of new york. he is so smart. >> the guy is very savvy. >> he waited until now. >> correct. i had somebody use the following phrase with me, he may be the ultimate lagging indicator in that mayor bloomberg is a cautious guy politically. he's always looking out for mayor bloomberg, and there's nothing wrong with that. politicians always look out for their own best interests first. that's the nature of being an ambitious pol, but would he have done this if he thought obama was going to lose? >> that's an indicator of the public. >> that's my question. i don't know. >> by the way, the late brilliant jack jarvis -- somebody once say when that ball comes down on new year's eve, or just at midnight when it starts to come down, that's how he would come down on an issue. you know the decision had been made. here i give him more credit, mike bloomberg, who i happen to like personally. i think he does follow very constructive, middle of the road instincts on this thing. my thought. >> he's trying to put himself and he's been trying to position himself for a long time as kind of a centrist arbiter. he set up a super pac to set up centrist politicians and moderate politicians. he cares a lot about this issue in particular, climate change, and the other issues where he is basically a social liberal on questions like abortion and gay marriage. he got a phone call this morning from vice president biden who he likes personally a great deal, personally he likes vice president biden more than he likes president obama, but he had a conversation with vice president biden who asked for an endorsement. this was not an endorsement long in the making. people had been asking questions about the fact that he trashed president obama pretty harshly in "the new york times" and the atlantic -- >> very harshly. >> -- if he was doing something savvy trying to set this up. he hadn't planned to endorse literally until today. so how many votes it's going to move in the midwest, that's a dubious question. it helps president obama refute the notion that republicans are making that he can't work across the aisle. >> and all three of us think of it going the other way, what would it have meant? >> that's right. it was the same with the colin powell endorsement. >> let's look at that. excuse me. the president's campaign today released an ad touting colin powell's endorsement. we'll be right back to chuck after his -- let's take a look at what he's talking about. >> will you endorse president obama? >> yes. when he took over, we were in one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression, and i saw over the next several years stabilization come back in the financial community, housing is starting to pick up. the president saved the auto industry, and the actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid. and so i think we ought to keep on the track we are on. >> well, he hasn't got mother teresa yet. she's lost to us, but he's gotten the most trusted man in america, his name is bill clinton, right now according to recent polling. he has general colin powell who has long been one of the most trusted people in the country, and probably the savviest pol, the mayor of new york. >> the most important point you were in the middle of making, the endorsements would have -- the nonendorsements would have actually been a bigger deal in some ways, and this doesn't take away from anything and the president is able to use powell. but bloomberg staying on the sidelines, it would have been his way of saying -- i don't think bloomberg would have endorsed romney. getting the endorsement is i think a sign that these guys think, number one, they want to be with winners. both of them are very i think careful guys when they throw their endorsement out there. so i think it says something -- >> what would you rather have, "the des moines register" or mayor bloomberg? >> it's not even close. you would want bloomberg. the timing of bloomberg, too. couldn't have come at a better time. >> say question to you, bloomberg or "the des moines register"? >> i would rather have bloomberg. you're talking about bloomberg, powell, and then in some senses the tacit at least visual endorsement of chris christie. chris christie is obviously not endorsing barack obama in any explicit way, but he said a lot of kind things about the president in the last 48 hours. you have a bunch of centrist kind of pseudo republicans, who knows where they are politically, but the cumulative effect i think is powerful. >> is there obama momentum right now, chuck? you score these pretty straight right down the middle. >> it's funny. i call it -- there's sort of the campaign insider's zeitgeist, if you will, and there's this assumption whether you heard haley barbour say it publicly, i talked to strategists on both sides, on the republican side worry about it privately and the democratic side hopeful for it. they think there's some sort of bounce for the president on sandy. nobody can point to any metric yet to prove this, but when you think about where things were a week ago, a week ago there was this assumption that, boy, all the intangibles here at the end were going to -- >> let me -- >> -- to romney. now it feels there's intangibles that may favor the president. >> i get the sense that the love of romney by the right and other political players is based on sand in this case. and guys like the governor of new jersey and all the voices out there that haven't come to romney's help this week, they don't love him enough to say, wait a minute, forget this storm, this guy is great. >> i don't know. >> i don't hear a lot of that. >> it's like mark rypien as the redskins quarterback. they loved him when he won the super bowl. >> i think they decided romney is good enough to win the super bowl -- >> do you think this is a question of not having a lot of strong personal support and love for the guy? i don't hear a lot of people saying, we are still for this guy, we love this guy. >> i think chuck is right. the moment when they rallied around romney was right after the debate in denver. they would prefer romney to win, but there's not a lot of depth to the emotion. in terms of this week, i think it's the most obvious thing in the world. a challenger in a presidential election who has basically suffered a news blackout for the last week of campaigning. mitt romney has no air time. >> because he has no job. >> whether he had -- >> he doesn't have a job. i think people noticed. >> he has no role to play in this. that's not his fault, but it's just the case. he's not relevant to what is going on, which means no one is covering him. for five solid days it's been all obama on the air and all storm and no romney whatsoever. it's sucked the oxygen right out of his room. >> it's the first time when he said i'm unemployed like you guys to real unemployed people that it was true. at a rally in green bay, wisconsin, this morning the president spoke movingly about the aftermath of sandy and its destruction on the east coast. let's take a look at the president today in wisconsin. >> we've also been inspired these past few days because when disaster strikes, we see america at its best. >> one country! >> all the petty differences that consume us in normal times all seem to melt away. there are no democrats or republicans during a storm. there are just fellow americans. leaders of different parties working to fix what's broken. neighbors helping neighbors cope with tragedy. communities rallying to rebuild. a spirit that says in the end we're all in this together, that we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. >> it's interesting how gray the president's hair has gotten. one of the enduring images may be this image, a president comforting a woman who has lost everything. let's watch. >> how are you? are you okay? oh, no. we're going to help you get it all together, all right? i promise. i promise. you're going to be okay. everybody is safe, right? that's the most important thing, and then we're going to get this whole thing set up, so i got my guy, craig fugate, craig, this is the owner of the marina right here. i want to make sure that she knows that we're going to immediately make sure that she gets the help she needs to get this all back together. all right? >> thank you. >> well, there we go. i think that's real. it's not politics. it's just human. let's go to john heilemann. look at the maps. we have some maps, both of them are running like mad, where they're heading. look at this, you can tell a lot about the contest as i implied, look where they're going. look where romney is headed. according to nbc's first read, romney was in florida yesterday and virginia today. he'll also hit wisconsin, ohio, new hampshire, and colorado before the election. the president, this is an interesting map for him, he will be in wisconsin, where he is right now, with nevada, colorado, ohio, iowa, virginia, and florida. of course, they're sending their number one surrogates, the vp nominee, out where they're not going. is this the map, centered in ohio, virginia, and florida, is it still where the action is? >> it is for governor romney for sure. it's always been the case that governor romney needs to win florida, needs to win virginia, and pretty much needs to win ohio. even then he still needs to pick up another state somewhere along the way. you can see in his map that he's spending months of his time in florida, virginia, and ohio and a little bit of time in one of those other states that he thinks he might be able to get a pickup, whether that's wisconsin, whether that's colorado. those are the states he thinks he has the best chance. he's not spending time in iowa. he'll spend two different trips -- ending his campaign in new hampshire. he has an event in new hampshire over the weekend. he thinks he might be able to pick up there. that tells you a lot. i know a lot of republicans had hoped governor romney wouldn't have to be spending time in florida or virginia at this point. he could be focusing more on ohio and the pickup states. president obama, that map is a little bit misleading. where he's really spending all of his time in the last three days is in wisconsin, in iowa, and in ohio. >> can he win with wisconsin, iowa, virginia, and florida? >> clearly, he will win with all those. he could win without some of those things as long as he holds onto wisconsin and iowa he could lose a bunch of other states. that's his firewall. he's spending a bunch of time in the firewall states like nevada and wisconsin and iowa. that's the way that he holds on even if romney somehow runs the table in florida, virginia, and ohio. if he can hold those other states, he can still win. >> chuck, you go along with that? >> i do. >> we need virginia and florida? >> i have been trying -- the sunday romney schedule had been in the dark. they had set it up. here is the sunday schedule. we just got it. iowa, ohio, pennsylvania, and virginia. now -- >> pennsylvania, they got a chance there? yes. is it likely? >> feels like they're looking for more paths and more opportunities. they basically failed to expand the map early. they're hoping maybe hope upon hope that they steal a state late, that somehow they could scramble the whole thing up with pennsylvania. the fact is they're close in pennsylvania, but it's lucy and the football close. >> there's a lot of work to be done by the democrats in southeastern pennsylvania. >> they do have work to do in western pennsylvania. there's a whole bunch of democratic -- your friend mark critz is in big trouble. >> i don't want to start a fight right now. thank you, chuck todd and john heilemann. >>> the president gets a bear hug from mitt romney's keynote speaker. he's quite a bear. he looks like a man in charge. everybody is reminded romney wanted to outsource fema to the states. what a dumb move to have taken given what's happened here. >>> mitt romney's halloween mask. mr. bipartisan. do you believe it? trick-or-treat. i don't think it's going to work with anybody. anyway. or this is just another etch-a-sketch moment? >>> and joe walsh, remember that guy? he may be the one republican member of congress most democrats want to see defeated. >>> let me finish with the metamorphosis of mitt romney from, well, caterpillar to butterfly? that is "hardball," the place for politics. 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[ female announcer ] the secret is swanson. >>> for the past few days all of us have been focused on one of the worst storms in our lifetimes, and we're awed and humbled by nature's destructive power. i was out in new jersey yesterday and saw the devastation, and you really get a sense of, you know, how difficult this is going to be for a lot, a lot of people. >> welcome back to "hardball." that was president obama earlier today. voters are overwhelmingly supportive of his handling of the storm. a "washington post"/abc poll shows 78% give him a positive rating for his efforts these past few days. during his re-election pause, if you call it that, mr. obama reminded americans he has presidential duties and also found a couple unlikely friends along the way, one being new jersey governor chris christie and now tonight a big one, new york mayor michael bloomberg. with both sides back to regular base, what will sandy's lasting effects be, meaning through tuesday? jeff zeleny is a national political correspondent for "the new york times," and howard fineman is the editorial director for "the huffington post" and an msnbc political analyst. let's look at new jersey governor chris christie just last night in a press conference where he continued to lavish praise on the president. let's watch. >> the president of the united states and i have now had six conversations since sunday. that shows to me a level of caring and concern and interest that i think a leader should be giving to this type of situation. this was as comfortable and relaxing an interaction as i have had with the president since i've known him, and i think it's because we're both doing what we wanted to do, which is get things done. there will be some folks who will criticize me for complimenting him. well, you know what? i speak the truth. that's what i always do. sometimes you guys like it, sometimes you don't, sometimes politicians like it, sometimes they don't. but i say what i feel and what i believe. and i'm just doing the same thing with the president of the united states. so i do pinch myself every day, you know, like when i got on marine one, i'm pinching myself, believe me. sandy and bill christie's son on marine one was not exactly what i thought was going to be happening with my life. >> i kind of like that. on another side of the planet, here is rush limbaugh going after chris christie's kind words for the president. let's listen to the walrus under water. listen to him right now. here is rush limbaugh. >> new jersey governor chris christie has decided to play the role of a greek column today for president obama. obama and chris christie will tour the jersey shore. chris christie is the only republican -- i mean not just praising obama. i mean it's -- it's -- let's just put it this way. is it wrong for one man to love another man? but that man love out there, it's isolated to the state of new jersey. well, just tell you what i have observed casually with my busy broadcast eyes and my cochlear implant-aided ears. >> he reminds me more of the guy from "deliverance," squeal like a pig. without getting too much of the movie references, it just seems like he's squealing like a pig essentially here. he knows he lost the day, and he just wants to complain about it, this bromance, suggestions of gay behaviors. it's absurd and high school. >> rush is the kind of air raid siren for the republicans. when he's screaming like that, you know something has happened. if you add up all the factors, the fact the president gets to be presidential. if you add up the fact he gets to talk about bipartisanship and communal activity -- >> government being good. >> government being government, government being good, not to mention the fact that it also -- a lot of states have had to rearrange events for the campaign. it stresses who has the more nimble campaign. out in virginia where they rescheduled a big event for obama for saturday in virginia, that obama has a more nimble campaign and has been able to adapt to the situation in these states. >> jeff, it's great to have you on, i read you all the time. you know, in politics like in life, there's rain and there's sunshine. and, you know, these guys act like there shouldn't be rain. i just like the sunshine. we don't live on that planet. we live on a planet where you get breaks, you don't get breaks. but there's limbaugh -- forget limbaugh, let's talk about reality. you get the breaks. something happens where you can use your best stuff. i think the president has had that opportunity now. >> and i think -- i think howard is right, he has been able to, you know, become more -- he looks more like a president now. gosh, for several weeks, maybe for several months, he's looked like a democratic candidate for president rather than a sitting president. so i think we're sort of seeing him in a presidential moment. he's finally sort of filling out this -- the air force one jacket he had on and kind of like he did in the early days of his term, but i think the real question is, is this all going to matter? a lot of those people who have made up their minds, the voters i talked to in ohio and wisconsin and iowa and elsewhere, are not going to suddenly go from romney to obama, but i think among the sliver of people who, you know, probably voted for obama four years ago and are not sure now, i think this could help. >> how many do you think there are? >> standing next to chris christie helps. >> -- in cincinnati or waukesha, wisconsin -- >> it helps with the media though. it helps with our point of view. let me ask you, everybody goes by the polls and they tend to be 47/47 which means six people haven't made up their mind. i'm asking you as a pro. aren't there a lot of people who are more like the group you described, voted for obama once, worried about him this time, may go with the other guy if he has a good night. can they come back from the first debate saying i'm back where i was? how many of them are there potentially? >> i think there are some out there. but the question is how many of them have early voted? the proliferation of early voting, there were some voting after the first debate, between the second and third debate. i think there are some of those who are not sure and have been looking for a sign. if you haven't voted sort of right away, i think there are some people who are holding up until this final week here, but people are locked in. people are dug in, and it's about enthusiasm. i think this probably helps people's enthusiasm for president obama. >> nobody is watching this show or any other show on this kind of a program, political shows, that isn't voting. i can't imagine watching us every night and not voting. >> i can tell you from being out in virginia today out beyond the limits of the washington metropolitan area, right on the periphery, i think the president is making a bet that there are still such people in virginia. first of all, they're extending -- >> how would you describe them? >> i would describe them as the weakest possible of democrats. they aren't really democrats, and they're out there -- >> harry byrd democrats. >> they're out there, weakest possible democrats. they've extended the hours of early voting in virginia because of the storm having come through. >> and you also -- >> the news is the president is going to have a big rally in virginia, in bristol, virginia, on the edge of the metropolitan area near manassas on saturday with bill clinton and with dave matthews, the dave matthews band. >> they call it manassas, we call it bull run. >> the idea is to excite the troops, to reward the people who knock on doors with close-in passes to the event. they see a possibility of going beyond the firewall and winning virginia again. >> a state they don't necessarily -- >> they don't necessarily need but if they can get, they can have an easier election night. >> one of the honors of this job is having you guys on with me. thank you so much. i love having you guys on. i learn something -- jeff, i don't know how you do it on the front page of "the times." i sat on buses with you people, and i don't know how you do it. these stories are fantastic. thank you so much. jeff zeleny and howard fineman. >>> up next, iowa congressman steve king is at it again. what's his biggest fear when it comes to disaster relief money? 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>> as we talked about earlier, it's the romney etch-a-sketch fema edition. >>> next, iowa congressman steve king. there's a piece of work. seems to be on a never ending campaign to outdo his own history of crazy comments. from the republican congressman who thinks president obama's birth certificate may have been telegramed to him from kenya, we have comments on federal aid for victims of sandy. here is what he said. i want to get them the resources that are necessary to lift them out of this, but not one big shot to just open up the checkbook because following hurricane katrina they spent it on gucci bags and massage parlors and everything you can think of in addition to what was necessary. shopping is the key concern for the literally millions of people affected by the storm. what could be worse for states like new jersey than the congressional vote on how fema should spend its money? king was one of 11 members to vote against providing additional disaster relief to the victims of hurricane katrina back in 2005. >>> on a more positive note, chris christie's wish comes true. it's no secret he's a fan of bruce springsteen. over the years springsteen has not returned the love until last night. he reached out to the victims of hurricane sandy and then some. listen to this. we're a band that can't separate from the jersey shore. we'll send this out to all the people working down there, the police officers, the firemen, and also to the governor who has done such a hard job this past week. well, there you have it. the romance, the bromance, isn't as one-sided anymore. >>> also, what part of the presidential election got this 4-year-old colorado resident all choked up? spoiler alert here. all of it. abigail, that's her name, was riding along with her mom to buy groceries with npr playing on the radio. here is her answer for why the tears are flowing. >> because of barack obama and mitt romney. >> that's why you're crying? it will be over soon, abby. the election will be over soon, okay? >> okay. >> oh. >> well, anyway, npr caught wind of her breakdown of mitt romney and barack obama and issued a statement reassuring her she only had to tough it out a few more days. >>> another sign the final days of the election are on us, check out this snapshot of dueling lawn signs. the one on the left is a clear sign of support for the republican ticket. the one on the right reads husband's sign, not wife and son's. i love that. >>> up next, mitt romney says he'll work with democrats across the aisle if he's elected as president, but his record says something quite different. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. not in this economy. we also have zero free time, and my dad moving in. so we went to fidelity. we looked at our family's goals and some ways to help us get there. they helped me fix my economy, the one in my house. now they're managing my investments for me. and with fidelity, getting back on track was easier than i thought. call or come in today to take control of your personal economy. get one-on-one help from america's retirement leader. it's so great to see you. you, too! oh, cloudy glasses. you didn't have to come over! actually, honey, i think i did... oh? 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why did he have his own self-created, self-restricted elevator in the state house no one else could use? tell me about that. >> there's an elevator that sits next to the door of the governor's office, and it's always been open to the public except when mitt romney was governor. he put up a rope, said you can't come into this elevator, and he was the only one and his immediate staff that could go up and down. the legislators believed he was afraid he might get stuck on an elevator with an aggressive legislator who might try to ask him to work with them on a particular piece of legislation. >> i heard he didn't even know the names of the lawmakers in massachusetts who were democrats. he saw them and didn't know who they were. >> he didn't make much of an effort to know them. he once or twice even got the name of his own lieutenant governor's name wrong. he called kerry healey, sherry healey. >> gene robinson has watched politicians over the years. he seems like a stiff. a guy who doesn't hang out with the boys. >> he's not a hang out kind of guy. one thing you need, one prerequisite is that each has to know where the other stands. tip knew what reagan believed. reagan knew what tip believed, and then they could wheel and deal. i don't think that could be present with mitt romney. you don't know exactly what his core beliefs are. they seem to be so fungible and so malleable. >> are you really negotiating with a guy who has to negotiate with his people all the time? does he have to go back to his constituents, grover norquist, can't touch revenues, the neocons, the religion right. does he have to check back because he doesn't have a personal core? >> right. and so, you know, if they won't buy it in brown, let's make it in blue. that sort of business mindset i think he brings to everything he does. and so, you know, they wanted severely conservative rhetoric during the primary, so he gave it to them. now he thinks they want different rhetoric. >> campaigning in ohio vice president biden pointed out as romney plays up his bipartisanship, he may find his biggest headaches come from his own party. as i was suggesting. let's listen. >> ask them the question, when have you ever seen governor romney take on the establishment of his party? what do you think prospects are that governor romney would attempt to do any of the things he now says he supports? what do you think the chances of him doing that with the republican-controlled congress? what do you think the chances are he's going to tell the people, you know, you're dead wrong. that's basically what he's saying now. >> grover norquist is the no tax guy, made clear that the right wing of the party expects to call the shots. this is brazen, but let's listen to what was said and romney never opposed what he heard here. >> focus on electing the most conservative republican who can win in each house seat, and the most conservative republican who can win in each senate seat, and then pick a republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the united states. >> now, he's backing romney. romney signed the pledge for this guy. doesn't he ever call him out and say, you just made a fool out of me? you said i'm just going to be a robot. he never complains. >> no, he hasn't complained. >> he wanted norquist to believe he was going to be the guy with the pen. >> exactly. so you guys just pass it and i will sign it. now, would there come a point when mitt romney would actually challenge the right wing -- the far right wing of the party? there has not been a moment like that, not even remotely in this campaign. if you can remember one -- >> shannon, let's be open-minded. could it be mitt romney has become a real conservative. all these months -- he went to the right on immigration, on taxes, on every issue i think, even the hawkish issues. it seems he decided to go into this campaign and never be outhawked again or outrighted again. is he that guy he painted himself as being this last year or so? >> it's a question that just can't be answered. the fact is this guy has no core. this guy will say whatever he needs to say to meet whatever is -- >> would you say that to his face? >> i would say -- never mind what i would say to his face. the fact is 32 points, mitt romney right now according to a suffolk university poll is losing the state where he made lots of promises but governed in a very erratic fashion. he didn't keep his promises to the people of massachusetts. the people of massachusetts at this point in time it looks like he is losing by 32 points to barack obama. that is incredible. this is a guy who ran, who made promises, and did not keep promises in office. i can't answer that question, and i think that the people of massachusetts can answer the question. this is a guy who has no core, that they won't support for president, and they wish they probably had their vote back for governor perhaps, too. >> by the way, a real dealmaker which is scott brown is close in the race to elizabeth warren. they think he is a dealmaker. that's the difference. thank you, gene robinson, thank you, shannon o'brien. >>> up next, democrats would love to see republican congressman -- he's one of the worst -- go down to defeat. we'll talk to the candidate who is trying to make that happen, tammy duckworth. this is "hardball," the place for politics. 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>> i have no idea. nor am i the least bit concerned or interested. >> right. >> i've got a job to do here in new jersey that's much bigger than presidential politics and i could care less about any of that stuff. the president was great last night. he said he would get it done. at 2:00 a.m. i got a call from fema to answer a couple of final questions and he signed the declaration this morning. i have to give the president great credit, he's been on the phone with me three times in the last 24 hours and anything that i've asked for he's gotten to me. i thank the president publicly for that. he's done as far as i'm concerned a great job for new jersey. >> new york city mayor michael bloomberg last night canceled tomorrow's new york city marathon after the critics said the resources were needed elsewhere, after i tweeted about it. i can't help but think that pushed him over the edge. he said it should not detract attention from the storm recovery and he made news on thursday when he endorsed barack obama for president saying that sandy brought the stakes of tuesday's election into sharp relief. i thought what happened this week and the interactions between the president and chris christy and michael bloomberg are really interesting. i thought the way we think about politics and disaster was brought into relief. and we're going to talk about the substance. we'll talk about the seawalls and floodwalls and climate change and what we have to do -- how we have to reconceptualize our society and think about disaster in the future but first i want to talk about the politics of it. because i thought the response to chrissy's actions on the right and generally in the media i thought were fascinating. i -- maybe i'm alone in this. i didn't think he seemed to be doing anything out of the ordinary. it seemed to me like this was more or less politics as usual. that the president when there's a disaster-stricken area the president goes and the governor and they go look at the damage and even from different parties they put them aside for the moment. and people freaked out. and i think the freak-out to me highlighted how much there's been this norm created under republican party of just total implkable opposition at all times so that christie seemed like a betrayal. the other argument is that christie really has been going out of his way to throw mitt romney under the bus. i'm curious what you think about it. >> i'll take a shot. you suggested the political media industrial complex ground to a halt. that's ridiculous. the political media industrial complex was whirling even as the storm was coming in. i heard everybody in all the campaigns talking about what impact is this going to have and so by the nature of it they were looking for something. and chris christie gave it to them. now, a part of it is that chris christie loves the camera, right? he is the giuliani of this moment. he's doing press conferences. he's physically out there not sleeping, very present. but the key on that one is this is the keynote speaker of the republican national convention. it's not just any governor. he's one of the most known republicans in the country. he's the guy that was supposed to make the case for romney and forgot to mention him. and when he took that question, he could easily have said, look, you know, i think governor romney's got other things to do. i'm pleased -- instead, you listen to that clip. it went on and on and on and it built toward a crescendo i think the president is doing a great job for new jersey. >> and chris christie also i would say not only the commencement speaker but the great hope of republicans, ann coulter wanted him and rupert murdoch wanted him back in the race and he tweeted christie has to come out hard for obama -- >> for romney. >> i'm sorry, for romney in the next few days or he's a disaster in the next four years. >> i think the thing about chris christie on the "fox and friends" things, that he's disingenuous, that it's stagey, he shouts down reporters in press conferences, i think what we see here, this is actually chris christie, this is the way that he is. when he believes the president is being attentive and doing a good job for the people of new jersey, he doesn't care and he's not going to mow-mow to people on fox or anyone. i was rather impressed. at the end of all this he did get a mention from bruce springsteen who he's a big fan of and he's actually said in a concert, this is true, and said the governor has -- >> someone said, some conservative on twitter said that's what this is all about! he said it wasn't about -- it's not about mitt romney or anything to get to obama. >> this is interesting thinking about why is it that the public doesn't -- the public would not tolerate a republican governor saying i am not going to accept money from the federal government to help get the lights back on. we will suffer through this as a state. >> right. >> and eschew any help, people wouldn't stand for it. but they will stand for it when the help is about something a little less immediate. if a republican governor said we're turning down this money to fix our schools or unemployment. >> or to build high speed rail. >> or high speed rail. >> internet. >> when the republican governor turns that money down, people don't see the immediate consequences and they don't seem to react. but imagine what they would do if chris christie had stood up and said we're not taking obama's help on this? >> i think it's two things. i think that it's absolutely christie actually being who he is. i don't think that whole idea that he was being totally phony is fair. but i also think that christie has been the attack dog for president obama specifically and so he's kind of effusive praise seemed really shocking on the one hand but i think truth has been such a casualty when it comes to the way the republicans have run their political campaign and christy being the number one man for romney, you put those two things together and suddenly it feels like he's on this political campaign for president obama with literally days before the campaign. >> right. i think that's partly because we have this kind of which side of you on feeling down the stretch. >> i agree with you, michael, about christie. i never thought he was staged. i thought when he yelled at teachers in town halls, he was being authentically jersey. i didn't think that was stage craft. i thought he was being a jerk. truly a jerk even, you know, even in a totally honest way. >> his compassion and his emotionality and even saying that this is not about politics right now, of course, it's always going to be about politics but even that point i think came from a very specific genuine place. he's an emotional politician. so, what he articulates comes from that very specific place. >> we live in a time where everybody's a pundit. >> yeah. >> right? the person -- no, they're better than most of us. but the person in the coffee shop, you know, wants to talk about -- especially right before an election. >> totally. >> this is something that happens in america. most americans unlike we of normal characters can shut off politics for a lot of the time. but if you're in the week before an election, everybody's going to look at it. >> that's right. >>> and the fascinating thing is we think we need to explain chris christie. we look to him and know he's a big republican and all the dynamics and i think they saw him standing there saying what they wanted him to say. especially at a point where polling shows, like, 80% of americans really would like to have a little bit of rapprochement and then to have michael boom blerg loomber berb next day and say this thing tipped me. i'm voting for obama, this is a dynamic significant in our politics. >> what i think is fascinating, of course, one of the key arguments for barack obama in 2008, right, he was going to be the person that brought together red and blue and republicans have i think very wisely chosen a strategy of sort of constant implacable opposition, that has made it impossible for him to fulfill that promise. and the irnlny now is that mitt romney who spent most of the campaign and during the primary telling jokes about what a terrible place massachusetts was, bragging about all the vitos, saying this place is a s sodomite hell that i come from and the democratic majority that he had to deal with as evidence that he's the person that can work across the aisle there's this fascinating campaign down the stretch about who could work best across the al. betsy, you made an important role of government in these moments and that's the other subtext here and i want to talk about that and the ideological subtext. ♪ i'd like to thank eating right, whole grain, multigrain cheerios! mom, are those my jeans? 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"the new york times" wrote an editorial in the wake of a storm saying a big storm needs big government. i think there's a general feelings that these are the times we want the state to come in and do things and people have been pointing out this response mitt romney gave talking about fema, the federal emergency management agency, back in june during a republican debate. take a look. >> fema's about to run out of money and there are some people that say do it's a case-by-case basis and some people are saying maybe we are learning a lesson that maybe the states should take on more of a role. what do you say to that? >> absolutely. anytime you have a chance to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. and if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. we should take all of what we're doing on the federal level and saying what are the things we are doing we don't have to do and those things we have to stop doing. we're borrowing $1.6 trillion more than we're taking in. >> the romney campaign in customary fashion walked it backwards and said we're not sending fema to the states. michael, as the libertarian at the table, should he have come back and doubled down on this and said, yeah, fema, should be in the private sector of the states? >> obviously back on his heels on this and it's not necessarily kind of a libertarian issue in a sense, after there was a lot of anger about the quote circulating and the piece in the "atlantic" said, look, he's not trying to defund fema, you know, this idea of bringing it to the states and everything. should he have doubled down? no. this is purely political calculation, i'm not saying -- >> i'm asking from a ideological perspective. >> i agree. politically it was suicidal. >> in fact, what is fema, i don't know what that means. i'm actually a deeper ideological question which is my knee jerk liberal response to this which confirms my priors, right, which is we need the state to do this kind of thing, is that wrong? i genuinely want to know. >> no. look, i think that there are an enormous number of problems with fema, one does not have to look very far online to look for people who would know this stuff very well and say this is a hugely dysfunctional organization for a number of reasons. is the solution to that to bring it to the states? look, i think that there's a very, very compelling case to be made for that. i don't think the argument, well, this is a guy that will take all this money and throw it out the window and, you know, good luck getting sort of charity and private companies to do it. i think it's a disingenuous argument. i think there is a smart, sensible argument to be made that on a local level people can pivot and respond to the crises in a better fashion. >> one thing about disasters you do want to start with the local level up and start with the front line people from the town sheriff and work your way up the federal government. >> that's how it happens anyway. >> that's how it happens anyway and it's the way it's structured. having fema is all about risk pooling, right? the point is that certain areas will get hit by natural disasters more than others and pool it out across the united states. >> some of those areas are poor. they don't have the resources. and so in a great big country where there are some very wealthy people who can pay some taxes, it's kind of a good idea to collect up that money in case where some place people don't have the resources. you know, this is a logic of government. but i will say that if we back up a little bit on this, disasters, like wars, like presidencies, like receptions, are big enough that we can all paint on them, right? >> right. >> we can all put our picture on them. i looked at this thing, i'm a very pro-labor thing, my response is i'm watching union firefighters and union cops and union road crews up through the night, you know, sweating, bleeding, putting out fires, wading through water, union nurses carrying kids to safety, and i'm saying, you know, why does mitt romney bash these people. in fairness, that's not best how i look at it. it's you're going to look at it differently. and, you know, in a weird defense of mitt romney, in a weird defense of mitt romney, he was answering a deficit question there. he wasn't thinking about fema at all. >> right. in fact, he tried to dodge it a little bit. >> i think that's a really crucial because to me when i think about fema and disasters i'm absolutely confronted by these two americas, the katrina/fema reaction and the sandy/fema reaction and the reality is to argue there hasn't been a significant political response to the significance of fema by different governments and it's not split down party lines. it's simply not true. there was a really great article in "mother jones" that took you through -- >> the development of fema competence. >> right. and who had headed fema and the way that presidents had appointed those fema heads were directly related to how they perceived their significance. so, for example, george bush actually allocated michael brown who was the former -- i just had to read this out, because i was just blown away. michael brown who was the former commissioner of judges and stewards for the international arabian horse association, that's who headed fema. clinton was the first -- was the first president to allocate the fema head who actually had experience -- >> disaster. >> -- disaster management. it's not political. it's about poverty. it's about race. and when we think about disaster preparedness as well as recovery, the ways in which these two americas break down, you see that again and again and again. >> it's also i think the other point here is that it's something that will happen i think often is people on the left we get into this defensive crouch around the role of government and so we defend the states' actions in the abstract, but if you talk to lefty activist who are part of common ground and katrina it was government bureaucracy who was their enemy. and folks on staten island are frustrated and angry and feeling they're not getting enough attention, the target of that anger is the government bureaucracy and you can't fall into the trap i think as a liberal saying, oh, the state in the abstract government has a role to play and not also be very clear-eyed about the failures of specific bureaucratic performance, right? >> i was going to come back to this idea you said risk pooling. >> right. >> i think that that's a really important question because we have to ask ourselves does a storm like katrina or sandy, does it hit the united states -- >> right. >> -- or does it hit new orleans or does it hit new york, does it hit a state or does it hit the united states? i think it hits the united states and that's why as a country we actually do need to chip in and send the resources to help clean up. and that's why i find the we can't afford to do this, we have one -- or borrowing $1.6 trillion to be indefensive because, of course, we got hit by a storm as a country, we have an obligation. but there's a second issue for the federal government which is can they play a better role coordinating relief across the country. getting national guard members to where they need to be, getting water where it needs to be, you know, the states certainly are the ones who should say what they need. >> right. >> but are they in a position to actually coordinate where it should come from and how it should get there and i just don't think they are. >> i think we've been shown an example even with governor christie talking about the speed at which president obama reacted, because, of course, you think about katrina, you think about the slowness with which president bush reacted and speaking to that point, romney doesn't think there's a united states. he thinks of 47% are the folks in new orleans who don't deserve -- >> i don't know if that's a fair characterization. >> all right, but let me make my point, i think you say that but i think if you're living in the spaces, you're living with the legacy of katrina or in the ninth ward, you would absolutely not say that's an unfair argument because you're still living with the legacy with the kind of unfairness that made you a refugee in your own country. >> do you know why you need federal government, you need a federal government because in some states there are governors that will not respond to some parts of their state and you need somebody from the outside that will -- >> or they might politicize or they don't get the help they need. >> to sort of agree you and against my own point in a way of sort of localizing these things is that, you know, george bush's disastrous performance in katrina is nobody denies, even republicans, but the local level performed disastrously, too, ray nagin, et cetera. >> that's an example. i think that's the point is that the united states, how do you coordinate a reaction. it started with the example of the biggest, you know, the president is the head of the biggest institution in the country. so, who you want institutionally rather than having individual americans respond are two different realities. it's two different americas. >> i want to turn our attention to climate change because i think that was a story that foisted itself on the political discussion this week i think for good actually in a way. climate change and the politics of disaster, my story of the week is next. if you are one of the millions of men who have used androgel 1%, there's big news. presenting androgel 1.62%. both are used to treat men with low testosterone. androgel 1.62% is from the makers of the number one prescribed testosterone replacement therapy. it raises your testosterone levels, and... is concentrated, so you could use less gel. and with androgel 1.62%, you can save on your monthly prescription. 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surge. there are a few downed trees that took out parked cars but that was about it. a few neighborhoods over a young couple were out walking their dog at some point that evening and they were struck by a falling tree and killed. they are two of the estimated 109 people who died due to the storm here in the u.s. a death toll that is mercifully lower than one might anticipate given the scale of the damage. destruction is most evident here in new york city in staten island, in queens devastated coastal neighborhoods and in the powerless precincts of lower manhattan where cars roll through intersections without streetlights and commuters trundle over the bridging walking over an east river whose waters overflowed its banks filling the subway tunnels that connect the boroughs and rendering much of the system unusable. the mta chairman said new york subways have, quote, never faced a disaster as devastating. it's very rare when the subways in this city don't run. but there are some things simultaneously awful and exhilarating about those moments when normalcy is suspended. new yorkers will still tell you about the solidarity and fellowship they share with their neighbors on their stoops on the lightless nights of the 2003 blackout. or the comfort and aid they found in each other as they fled through the streets on foot covered in dust away from the falling towers. obviously the loss of life and intensity of trauma caused by sandy is nowhere near the scale of 9/11. but it's fair to say the city hasn't been this devastated since that september day. and as many unsung civil servants and first responders and utility workers labor tirelessly to get the city running again, i'm reminded that one of the raw truths of 9/11 is that the first thing a competent government must do is protect its citizens. it can't protect them from everything nor should it try but i think we all recognize amidst the horror of 9/11 we want our government first and foremost to keep us safe. the state cannot eliminate senseless death, but its duty is to reduce its likelihood. it's a conservative insight really the idea that government's job before all else is to keep its citizens secure, to protect them, that everything else comes after. and lefty that i am, i'm reminded in this moment that it contains an undeniable core truth -- and, yet, here we sit with a political system that could barely bring itself to acknowledge or discuss the tangible danger climate change poses to us, never mind undertake the massive sustained effort necessary to combat and adapt to it. andrew cuomo as careful a politician as you'll see tried to note the elephant in the room without ever naming it. >> there has been a series of extreme weather incidents. anyone that's -- that's not a political statement. that's a factual statement. anyone who says there's not a dramatic change in weather patterns i think is denying reality. >> and his endorsement of president obama this week new york mayor michael bloomberg rote in 14 months two hurricanes have forced us to evacuate neighborhoods something our city government had never done before. if this is a trend, it is simply not sustainable. no, it's not sustainable. things that can't go on don't. it's true, sandy was a freak storm, a bad confluence of a number of low probability events that could conceivably happened in some alternate climate that wasn't warming. but this climate, our climate, is warming, and as it does, low probability events like this will become more probable and more intense. carbon emissions are trapping extra energy in our atmosphere and with extra energy come more extremes, higher sea levels, drier droughts, hotter heat waves and heavier, wetter storms. we need a crash program in this country right now to re-engineer the nation's infrastructure to cope with and prepare for the climate disruptions that we have already ensured with the carbon we've already put into the atmosphere. as well as an immediate, aggressive transformation of our energy production, economy, and society to reduce the amount of carbon we will put into the atmosphere in the future. this is as fundamental, as elemental as human endeavors get. the story of civilization is the long tale of crusaders for order battling the unceasing reality of chaos. and it is a kind of miracle that we have succeeded as much as we have, that airplanes fly through the air and roads plunge beneath the water and the entire teeming lattice work of human life exist in the manifold improbable places it does. but it's the grand irony that imposing this order on the world we've released millions of years of stored up carbon into the atmosphere which is now altering the climate and threatening the very monuments of civilization we so cherish. we absolutely have it within us collectively to beat back the forces of chaos once again, but we must choose to do so. and the time for choosing is now. you are either on the side of your fellow citizens and residents of this planet or you are on the side of the storm as yet unnamed. you cannot be neutral. so, which side are you on? 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[ male announcer ] introducing the all-new nissan pathfinder. it's our most innovative pathfinder ever. nissan. innovation that excites. ♪ nissan. innovation that excites. this is hayden. he's five years that's elizabeth. and that's skyler... and his mom, nancy. they're just a few of the californians who took it on themselves to send you a message about what they need to restore years of cuts to their schools. prop thirty-eight. thirty-eight raises billions in new revenue - bypasses sacramento and sends every k through 12 dollar straight to our local schools... every school. for them. for all of us. vote yes on thirty-eight. >>> all right. joining us at the table now is claus jacobs a research scientist at columbia university's earth site and eric clinenberger returning to the table, a professor of sociology at new york university. claus, i wanted to have you here, because "new york times" ran a piece recently, and this is a headline, it says, climate change -- new york is lagging as seas and risks rise critics warn, it was about the fact that the city was exposed to increased risks as climate change brought sea level up. and it quotes you, a report that you did, in 2009. and this is your prediction about what would happen if there was a storm with a sufficiently high storm surge just a foot higher, i believe, than irene, just about. and you said, if the surge had been just that much higher, subway tunnels would have flooded, segments of the fdr and roads along the hudson river would have turned into rivers and sections of the commuter rail system would have been impassable or bereft of power, the most vulnerable systems like the subway tunnels under the east rivers would have been unusable for nearly a month or longer at an economic loss of nearly $55 billion. this is i think eerily preshient. what are the circumstances under which you undertook this report talking about what the vuln vulnerabilities of new york city were? >> well, in 2009 first mayor bloomberg and later the state through its agency charged a group of scientists to look at the consequences of climate change and how new york city on the one hand and new york state on the other hand should adapt to it. as part of that study, we in the certa study, we were making a case study in which we had 100-year flood or storm surge hitting new york city. and with a lot of help of the engineering department students at columbia university, we came up with a very detailed analy s analysis. and it showed that the subway tunnels would flood within 40 minutes and so on. it was eerily, incredibly true what happened four days ago. right down to the detail that the brooklyn battery tunnel would be entirely flooded, the queens midtown town only partly flooded. i mean, it's terrible to be right. the point is here that this is information that was available one to two years ago now. and it shows that just reducing scientific, technical result is not enough. >> right. >> the political process has not taken notice of the information that we were charged to produce for them. >> and this is the fundamental issue that we have up and down this -- this issue specifically on climate but also disaster, right, eric? you can go back and you can read reports, and i did, reports about what would happen if a storm hit new orleans and a storm surge pushed over the levees and the problems that would happen in the ninth ward and the evacuation problems and everything down, down, down, down the line written two to three years before katrina actually happened and the political infrastructure did not make the governing choices that would have prevented it. >> we act as if we have a will not to know about these dangers, and when we're warned of them, we freak out. we don't know what to do. we get overwhelmed and scared. we've just gone through three presidential debates in which the concept of climate change never came up once. this was mother nature speaking back and saying, i will be heard. you have something to reckon with. unfortunately we now live in a moment where this debate will become inescapable. and the silver lining that could come out of this is that this could be the kind of event or historic experience that becomes a turning point, that makes a conversation about climate change a fundamental part about -- of conversations about security and governance. >> one of other things we talk about with climate and climate mittation and carbon tax and one of the things that's highlighted in parallel to that we also have to take a hard look at how we are engineering our cities and creating a kind of resiliency in the massive population centers. i want to talk about how we need to be thinking about that right after we take this quick break. . morning starts in high spirits, but there's a growing pain in his lower back. as lines grow longer, his pain continues to linger. but after a long day of helping others, he gets some helpful advice. just two aleve have the strength to keep back pain away all day. today, jason chose aleve. just two pills for all day pain relief. try aleve d for strong, all day long sinus and headache relief. try aleve d for strong, all day long a wiit takes some doing.n't just happen. some coordinating. and a trip to the one place with the new ideas that help us pull it all together. from the things that hang and shine... ...to the things that sparkle and jingle. all while saving the things that go in our wallet. more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot. trade in any light string and get up to five bucks off the latest holiday leds. can you help me with something? 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[ male announcer ] or free windows 8 training when you buy a computer at staples. another way staples makes it easier to upgrade. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] some day, your life will flash before your eyes. ♪ make it worth watching. ♪ the new 2013 lexus ls. an entirely new pursuit. without freshly-made pasta. you could also cut corners by making it without 100% real cheddar cheese. but then...it wouldn't be stouffer's mac & cheese. just one of over 70 satisfying recipes for one from stouffer's. on top of that we will have storms. what does this mean? it means that coastal areas, everything that is luckily five feet plus whatever tides you have higher, needs to be looked at it from a land use or urban planning use. so, either we protect entire cities like new orleans, right, and then having to say later on something about that because i think if you build barriers for new york city, you have to have an exit strategy because those barriers will not last forever with rising sea level. >> grim. >> which means we have to do something behind the barriers anyhow to protect us just like new orleans was unprepared when the barriers failed. so, we have to prepare for what we do when the barriers fail. >> preparing for failure is a huge part of disaster preparation. it's one of the things that's amazing in your book about the heat wave is that you begin to see systems fail. the cell phone network gets overused and water doesn't work in high-rises. how do you prepare for failure? >> well, you have to prepare for systems to be resilient which means you need to invest in infrastructure, you need to update the grid, for instance. every time there's a heat wave in this country every summer the power goes out and in some cases for days. one barometer to the extent to which climate change is increasing the extreme events, i find myself getting called more and more every year because thee events are regular. you also need to build up structures to provide support and care. too often our conversations about these issues are exclusively engineering and physical science kinds of questions. those matter, no doubt. they're fundamental, but there's a social dimension to this as well, which neighborhoods are affected, which individual people are affected, and it's predictable. >> fascinating, zone "a" ev evacua evacuated, low-lying residents there were twice as likely to be residents of. >>> i want to bring in ed markey, co-sponsor of the only climate bill to ever pass the chamber of congress. congressman, what is your reaction to the stunning absence of this issue that you worked so hard on and labored over and ground out a large bill with tons of technical details to carve votes on and it's now disappeared from the political conversation? >> well, i think that -- i think that mother nature decided that she was going to inject it into this election. if it wasn't going to be raised in any of the debates, then she was going to find a way of having this be discussed. and so this election for next tuesday is now framed. it's mother nature versus the unrestrained use of oil and coal and other polluting sources. i think the public now sees what the consequences are of having this issue just be ignored. it's no longer just some abstract issue that might be affecting the arctic. what's happening in the arctic is now affecting the weather here on the east coast and all across the united states. and so it's now an issue. and i think that it's really got mitt romney on the defensive, as he should be, because the mitt romney who was the governor of mch massachusetts, my home state, he believed in climate science, but the mitt romney that runs for the republican nomination for president in 2012, he can't believe in climate science, he has to make jokes about it in order to get the nomination of one of the most historical parties of our country's history and that's a sad state of scientific affairs. >> mayor bloomberg the key to the endorsement was the position on climate change and he talked about the choices being one candidate that sees climate change as an urgent problem that threatens our problem, one does not. i want our president to place risk management above politics, president clinton and president reagan found success while their parties parties, and he can too. president obama has not done a lot to talk about climate on the campaign trail. it's probably going to be a republican house. i believe the stakes in this election are between one candidate who accepts of the science of global warming and one who edges on it. but what is the real difference between the policy that we can see, convince me that if i'm a climate voter that my vote is going to matter on tuesday. >> oh, my goodness. mitt romney says that he's going to roll back the requirement that the fuel economy standards of the vehicles which we drive go to 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2026. if he rolls that back, that's equal to 6 billion metric tons of co 2 going up into the atmosphere, that's one whole year of total co 2 to the united states. p.m. obama is committed to going forward with it, that's all of the oil we import from the persian gulf on a daily basis. on december 31st of this year romney said he'll allow all the wind tax breaks to expire so the wind industry is going to collapse in our country even though 12,000 new megawatts of wind have been installed in the united states this year alone. and barack obama says he's going to extend them and give the same kind of breaks to solar going out into the future. the president's epa is looking at the regulation of green house gases and mitt romney is saying, absolutely not. so, issue after issue, one after another, there is a big dividing line between these two people, and for anyone who thinks that there will be no difference if they elect one or the other on this issue, they could not be more wrong. okay? this is a stark difference and it's going to actually impact how many people in the future die, how many people in the future have their lives changed unalterably by climate change here in the united states, not around the world, here in our country. >> congressman there's a bunch of questions for you here at the table. i want to take a quick break and bring you into the discussion right after this. follow the wings. ♪ these are... [ male announcer ] marie callender's puts everything you've grown to love about sunday dinner into each of her pot pies. tender white meat chicken and vegetables in a crust made from scratch. marie callender's. it's time to savor. >>> president obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans -- and to heal the planet. my promise is to help you and your family. >> that was mitt romney pausing for laughter in talking about the sea level rise at the rnc which is a really shocking moment to me. esther, you had a question you wanted to ask congressman markey. >> i did. listening to this i think one of the big challenges is the degree to which the science has become so politicized, that evident matters less than which party politician is articulating what may happen with climate change. but when i hear you talk about on a sunny day in 2100 we'll see the seas and the storm rise, i literally hear a hollywood movie featuring will smith and tom cruise. do you know what i mean, there's an element on the ground it's become so politicized, how does that move. events matter because they create connection and it humanizes something that has felt abstract and it felt like little due respect to you that it doesn't affect the majority of people, so there isn't the connection. what sandy does is make it immediate, specific, direct and targeted. so, i want to ask the congressman and you about the evidence shows you knew this was going to happen and so, therefore, what happens in 2100 is specific as well, but how do you move beyond the politics so that people pressure makes it more potential legislation? >> congressman, yeah, is there any hope of forward movement in, say, a house dominated by the republican party for political movement on this? >> look it, congress is a stimulus response institution. there's nothing more stimulating than watching night after night, day after day, millions of people paralyzed along the east coast. this is going to have the same impact that 9/11 had on how we protect ourselves here domestically. it will have the same impact that the bp oil spill had in ensuring that we don't ever again have the same lax safety standards and oil drilling off our coastline. this is a game changer. and i agree with what the gentleman said, because this is no longer just a hollywood blockbuster the day after tomorrow. this is now a blockbuster storm which actually hit. so, the day after tomorrow is now today. it's in new york. it's in new jersey. it's in connecticut, and weem are watching this each day. and there won't be any jokes about climate change again. there won't be any dismissal of this again. it won't stop the oil industry, it won't stop the coal industry from trying to block legislation. but i think moderate republicans in the congress above the mason-dixon line are never again going to be allowed to just laugh along with these jokesters from coal country and pretending that climate change is not real. >> democratic congressman ed markey, thanks for joining us this morning. more on this when we come back. . this is the age of knowing what you're made of. so, why let erectile dysfunction get in your way? talk to your doctor about viagra. 20 million men already have. ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take viagra if you take nitrates for chest pain; it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. side effects include headache, flushing, upset stomach, and abnormal vision. to avoid long-term injury, seek immediate medical help for an erection lasting more than four hours. stop taking viagra and call your doctor right away if you experience a sudden decrease or loss in vision or hearing. this is the age of taking action. viagra. talk to your doctor. see if america's most prescribed ed treatment is right for you. starts with ground beef, unions, and peppers baked in a ketchup glaze with savory gravy and mashed russet potatoes. what makes stouffer's meatloaf best of all? that moment you enjoy it at home. stouffer's. let's fix dinner. >>> good morning from new york, i'm chris hayes here with michael moynihan from the daily beast, klaus jacob from columbia university, eric klinenberg from nyu and esther armah. we're talking about the ways in which the sandy disaster has inserted climate into a political debate that had failed to mention it and also the broader question about how we create politics of accountability and governance mechanisms that prepare us for the resiliency we'll need in the coming
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her "forward" dress. people were excited. >> ruth, you've got katy perry this evening and now bruce springsteen is going to be in madison on monday. is the obama campaign worried or just making sure? what's happening here? >> i don't think they're worried. the mean the marquette law school poll which is trusted by democrats and republicans alike has obama up by eight points in wisconsin. i think he feels confident here. but i think it's a nice way to close your campaign having tens and thousands of people cheering for the president these days. i think that's why he's here for those great video clips. >> senator, why hasn't paul ryan delivered wisconsin in the polls? i mean, obviously anything that happened in the election, but the polling has never been favorable for the romney camp. and i think we can come to the conclusion just 50 hours away from election day that paul ryan doesn't seem to have had a big impact, if any, on the state of wisconsin. what do you make of that? >> i recall when he first chose paul ryan. the question was how did we feel about it. one of the things i said
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